School of Education
College of Professional Studies
Neff Hall 250 ~ 260-481-4146
The B.S.Ed. in elementary education is intended to prepare students for successful careers as teachers of children in elementary generalist (K-6) classroom settings. Elemenatary Education majors will also supplement their degrees with a Specialty Area in a concentration, dual license, or minor. See the list of options under the Specialty Area heading below. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, you are eligible to apply for an Indiana teaching license.
To earn the B.S.Ed. in elementary education, you must satisfy the requirements of Purdue University Fort Wayne (Regulations ) and the College of Professional Studies.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of a major in Elementary Education students will:
- Become more caring, humane and functional citizens in a global, multicultural, democratic society
- Improve the human condition by creating positive learning environments
- Become change agents by demonstrating reflective professional practice
- Solve client problems through clear, creative analyses
- Assess client performance, creating and executing effective teaching, counseling, and educational leadership by utilizing a variety of methodologies reflecting current related research
- Utilize interdisciplinary scholarship, demonstrating technology and critical literacies, and effectively communicating with all stakeholders.
The Elementary Education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (currently seeking reaccreditation via the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation [CAEP]) and nationally recognized as a high-quality program through the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI). Because of these statuses, students who meet specified requirements are eligible for the elementary education teaching license in the state of Indiana. Indiana holds reciprocal licensing agreements with other states.
- This program is available on campus
Declaring This Major:
Category A: Foundational Intellectual Skills
2. Speaking and Listening
3. Quantitative Reasoning
Category B: Interdisciplinary or Creative Ways of Knowing
4. Scientific Ways of Knowing
5. Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing
6. Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing
7. Interdisciplinary or Creative Ways of Knowing
(at least 3 credits and all outcomes in approved courses) (Suggest Creative Writing or LING 46000)
8. Capstone Experience
(at least 3 credits and all outcomes in approved courses)
Additional Educational Studies Requirements (24)
Concentrations, Dual Licenses, or Purdue Fort Wayne Minors
Elementary Education students are required to complete one of the following specialty areas to fulfill the Specialty Area requirements:
- a Concentration (a set of courses in exceptional needs, language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies that does not directly lead to licensure)
- a Dual License program (a set of courses in combination with a major in elementary education that will also lead to licensure in Early Childhood, English as a New Language, or Exceptional Needs-Mild Intervention)
- an Purdue Fort Wayne Minor (You may complete one of the following university minors: Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Economics, English, Fine Arts, Folklore, French, French Teaching, Geology, German, German Teaching, History, Human Services, Journalism, Linguistics, Mathematics, Media Production, Exceptional Needs-Mild, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Professional Writing, Psychology, Public Affairs, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Spanish Teaching, and Theatre. Minors do not lead directly to licensure. See Undergraduate catalog for specific course requirements for each minor.)
Note: Some of the courses listed below may be counted in the elementary degree as well as the subject area. However, some subjects will require more than the 120 credits required for a degree in elementary education.
Exceptional Needs: Credits 9
Language Arts: Credits 15
Social Studies: Credits 18
Early Childhood: Credits 18
English as a New Language: Credits 18
Exceptional Needs-Mild Intervention: Credits 18
Purdue Fort Wayne Minor: variable credits
You may complete one of the following university minors:
Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Economics, English, Fine Arts, Folklore, French, French Teaching, Geology, German, German Teaching, History, Human Services, Journalism, Linguistics, Mathematics, Media Production, Exceptional Needs-Mild, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Professional Writing, Psychology, Public Affairs, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Spanish Teaching, and Theatre.
Minors do not lead directly to licensure. See Undergraduate catalog Colleges for specific course requirements for each minor.
Education Requirements: Credits 61
Preprofessional Education Requirements: Credits 12
Prior to being admitted to the Block 1: Professional Education program you must complete the following initial requirements:
Block 1: Professional Education: Credits 9
Block 2: Professional Education (P: Block 1): Credits 9
Block 3: Professional Education (P: Block 2): Credits 12
Student Teaching: Credits 12
One of the following options must be completed:
Additional Required Courses: Credits 4-9
- Elective courses (if necessary to reach 120 credits for the degree): Credits 0-6
Total: Credits 120 minimum
You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program. Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career. All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair of dean.